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Martyn Thompson

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  • Into Africa

  • Africa by Motorcycle - Every Day an Adventure
  • By: Sam Manicom
  • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

A liberating motorcycle journey through Africa with descriptions of the amazing people and places, the joy of big skies and the open road, and the sometimes harrowing events that would shape destiny. Into Africa tells the story of a novice motorcyclist who takes on the challenge of riding the length of the continent just because, 'it seemed like a great idea’.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mad choice leads to a brilliant adventure!

  • By Roger Spackman on 21-08-14

An everyday guy on a once in a lifetime adventure.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-18

What did you like most about Into Africa?

Into Africa is the first of four books from Sam Manicom, and later with Birgit Schünemann, his adventure and life companion in 'Distant Suns' and 'Tortillas & Totems'. Sam narrates all four books himself and for me this linked the books together. I listen to books whilst I ride and familiarity with a character is key to the story. Sam comes across as 'you and I' has no pretense of experience or superhuman ability, just a chap who wanted to travel and chose a motorcycle as his vehicle to make it happen. Obviously as with us all, as soon as he did he was hooked. Throughout 'Into Africa' you get to know Sam and Libby (his bike), and encounter all the trials, trails and tribulations as well as the life lessons a mammoth bike adventure can provide.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sam, narrating his own words, brings a context to his adventure you can only hear in the voice of the person who lived them. It takes no time at all to get to know when Sam is re-living his adventures whilst reading to you. you can feel the emotion, pain and elation with each encounter. I wish more authors read their own work but foremost wish more authors had the backing to make more books audible.

What about Sam Manicom’s performance did you like?

Sam's adventure is within reach of us all, this is something evident in every encounter. His ability to see the best in anything (until proven otherwise) is a breath of fresh air and certainly said to me that 90% of doing anything is simply 'In the mind', you change that and anything is possible.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this and the other books in the series as adventure books and life lessons to be absorbed and taken with you on an adventure of your own.